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Painted Smiles

Directed by Jarrod Crooks & Wil Loper
Narrative Short
United States | 7 min | 2022

A clown couple seeks to find happiness in a joyless world.

2022 Madison 48 Hour Science Fiction Horror Project

A film set is only as good as its crew,. I’m incredibly grateful to my team of friends and family that made this film a reality. Not everyone would have stayed on set to endure the record-breaking -27 degree windchill we faced in the March of 2022.

Painted Smiles - Poster

Painted Smiles - Jarrod Crooks

Jarrod Crooks

Jarrod Crooks is a Wausau, WI film director who has been filming since the age of 12, first starting out by recreating classic stories such as “Faust”, “The Man in the Iron Mask” and “The Purloined Letter”. He eventually began creating his own stories like “Ice War” and “The First Mission”.

Painted Smiles - Wll Loper

Wil Loper

Since the curtains parted and the projector began whirring on Wil Loper’s life, he has lived, breathed, and loved movies. On job applications he will often list the movie theater as his second residence, and the usher as his emergency contact. Wil graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communication Arts. Since high school Wil has written and directed more than 40 short movies. Many have played at festivals, some have won awards, and all are screened to his family; whether they are willing viewers is another story. Wil wrote movie reviews in his high school newspaper, but now shows up in HD on WISC-TV to provide film critiques. Wil also directs the morning show. When Wil isn’t working, watching or reviewing movies, he can be found updating his Netflix queue.

Film Information

Director: Jarrod Crooks, Wil Loper
Country: United States
Year: 2022
Language: English
Runtime: 7 min.
Rated:  PG-13


Writer: Coronado Film Team
Producer: Jarrod Crooks, Wil Loper

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